KRESS AND SCHNEIDER CLIMB AWAY AS CHALLENGERS FAIL TO CLOSE THE GAP

Gagnon and Knowles reinforce their position in the Best Climber competition

 

 

 

 

Men’s A classification Leaders: Overall – Dwayne Kress, Mountains – Alex Gagnon, Points – Dwayne Kress

The expected shake up on the first mountain stage of the season did not materialise, and in the end it was the Challenge by Choice pairing of Dwayne Kress who cemented their positions at the top of the general classification with a 1st and 3rd place finish respectively. They were split by Peak Centre, Ottawa’s Alex Gagnon who took his 3rd second place of the season on the stage in 37:59.2 as well as the mountains competition points. Gagnon was almost a minute and a half behind Kress who again won with a comfortable margin of almost 90 seconds in 36:32.0. It was Schneider who made the biggest gain on GC, climbing to second overall above Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona) who could only manage 19th place and drops to 3rd.

In the women’s A classification, there was again a clear victory for the overall GC leader, with Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Ottawa) finishing almost 2 minutes ahead of her closest challenger on both the stage and the GC; Rua Read (Challenge by Choice, Squamish). Knowles came home in 40:30.5 to take the 30 points for stage victory and extend her lead of Read who finished in 42:22.0 to 13 points. With 3rd place overall and last week’s stage winner Summer Ohlendorf (SBR Coaching, Verona) not riding, it was a chance for several rider to close the gap on a podium place. It was Jamie Gilgen (Watts Up Cycling, Toronto) who took maximum advantage finishing 3rd on the stage behind the overall leaders in 42:43.3 to climb up the leader board.

With Men’s B overall leader Jean Francois Filion (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) not riding, it was an opportunity for his rivals to close the gap, and Peter Kocher’s 6th place finish was enough to see him take the overall lead, whilst Filion drops to second. The other podium spot on GC is taken by the stage winner; David Mott (SBR Coaching, Verona) who won the stage in a photo finish with two other riders. On count-back, Mott took the stage win by 0.5 seconds from Steve Cotter (Peak Centre, Vancouver) in 41:19.2. Cotter (41:19.7) was himself only 0.5 seconds ahead of the 3rd place finished on the line; Bill Martin, also of SBR Coaching finished in 41:20.2.

The overall leader was also absent in the women’s B classification, but with a lead of over a stage victory, Karine Meilleur’s (Centre Entrainement Cyclisme VeloCite, Blainville) position was not under threat. As has often been the case this season, it was the Challenge by Choice riders who dominated the podium, on this occasion locking out all three spots. Mary Betts climbs into overall contention with the stage win in 50:50.5 ahead of Louise Chamberlain in second (51:47.6) and Jane Pannell in 3rd (52:30.3). Chamberlain and Pannell sit 2nd and 3rd on GC respectively and close the gap to Meilleur to just 19 points.

The Men’s C classification continues to sway to-and-fro, with the top 3 riders overall covered by only 9 points. Mark Boothroyd’s (Peak Centre, Vancouver) 4th place finish was enough to hold onto top spot by a single point from a charging Richard Savage (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) who won the stage in 44:29.6. Savage was over a minute ahead of 2nd place finisher Casey Suss (Ride Brooklyn, Brooklyn) who finished in 45:30.2 to take the 25 points. 3rd place on the stage went to Jeremy Kehoe (The Bike Hub, Norwich; 46:01.0) who now sits in 3rd overall with that result.

Next week sees the resumption of the sprint competition on a tough rolling course that could catch some riders out if they do not get their pacing strategy spot on.

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